Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Beyond Culturally Responsive Evaluation: Opportunities and Challenges of Integrating Equity-Oriented Organizational Practices

Session Number: 1327
Track: Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: accountabilty, diversity, evaluation use, organizational learning
Session Facilitator: Katrina L Bledsoe [Principal Consultant - Bledsoe Consulting]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Richard Vezina [Vice President - Harder+Company Community Research]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Georgia Kioukis [Director - Equal Measure]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Cristina Magana [Director - Harder+Company Community Research]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (06:15 PM - 07:15 PM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8210

Other Authors: Seth Klukoff (sklukoff@equalmeasure.org; Senior Director of Communications, Equal Measure)
Maricela Pina (mpina@harderco.com; Vice President, Harder+Company Community Research)
Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The evaluation field has made major advances in developing culturally responsive, equity-oriented methods. But how can such approaches inform internal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices — and vice versa?

In this Think Tank, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges of integrating DEI into evaluation strategies and organizational practices. In particular, we will explore how adopting an internal DEI framework can strengthen the quality, relevance, and credibility of evaluation practices.

We will begin with two brief case studies from evaluation firms that have developed DEI frameworks and linked them to their evaluation practice. We will then facilitate small-group discussions to learn about participants’ experiences navigating similar issues. Finally, we will lead participants in a conversation about tangible opportunities and actions evaluators can take to build a DEI culture and accountability in their evaluation practices and organizational efforts.

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